Above are some of the newer flicks I received on Christmas. And I have already run through almost ALL of them. Tsui Hark's DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME, Derek Kwok's FROZEN, Kenneth Bi's GIRL$, Chan Hing-kar's LA COMEDIE HUMAINE, Albert Mak's FORGET ME NOT, and Su Chao-pin's (w/ an assist by John Woo) REIGN OF ASSASSINS.
For a little more on LA COMEDIE HUMAINE, allow me to plug a friends new blog. Click HERE to visit the cool blog, A Hero Never Dies, and read his review of the film. We are of the same opinion. Skip it.
More flicks. Some DVD's and a handful of VCD's. The diamonds in the rough out of this batch were an interesting low-budget find on DVD, HE-BORN TO KILL. The other was a little talked about CAT III title, LAN KWAI FONG SWINGERS, I got on VCD. HE-BORN TO KILL is a Taiwanese action cheapie from 1993 starring Alex Man Chi-leung, Jack Kao Kuo-shun, and late HK CAT III starlet, Pauline Chan Bo-lin, in a small role. I gave it a go last week and it's kind of a snoozer. There is a touch of style in the film but the substance is sorely lacking. In a really off the wall moment, gangster Jack Kao Kuo-shun vows to run his burgeoning gang like Middle Eastern dictators, as the room he is in is adorned with posters of Ayatollah Khomeini, Muammar al-gaddafi, and Saddam Hussein. WTF?
As for LAN KWAI FONG SWINGERS, I have seen this CAT III oddity on a really crappy copy that is floating around on the web. This film is 'partly' based on a true incident that occurred in the Lan Kwai Fong area of HK on New Year's day, 1993. The following passage is taken from the all knowing Wikipedia:
"On 1 January 1993, 21 people were killed and 48 injured in a large-scale human stampede whilst celebrating the New Year's Day in Lan Kwai Fong. The location's narrow streets and a sloped gradient, poor police planning and bad weather all contributed to this disaster.
More than 15,000 people were crammed into the area for the New Year countdown at the time. The Hong Kong government appointed then-Court of First Instance judge Kemal Bokhary to conduct an inquest into the disaster. The stringent crowd control measures now in force at major holiday events are a direct consequence of the inquest's recommendations."
Now, you may ask, how does this event tie into the naughty cover art on the vcd? It doesn't. LAN KWAI FONG SWINGERS is a front to back screw fest that becomes truly and absurdly tasteless in its finale, trying to capitalize on a horrific event. I'm a most forgiving HK movie fan but this films finale f'ed my mind. I hope to do a review in the future. This is must see CAT III junk. Below is but a small taste of LKF SWINGERS. It's just that kind of film.
Ahhhh. Another VHS winner and a shining jewel in my CAT III collection. Earlier last year, my friend K, from the great HK movie review site, SOGOODREVIEWS.COM, turned me on to a bunch of hard to find CAT III films. He copied a few of them for me and one of the brighter spots in the discs he sent was the film shown above. I LOVE MISS FOX. A totally fun nudie romp with a ton of grab ass going on. I mentioned a bit about the film back in August. Go HERE to read more about naked shenanigans.
I was also able to find these old Jackie Chan books in the bargain bin of a second hand bookstore. So, that would make these books the lowest of the low. They were already second hand and marked down considerably. I suppose the next stop before giving them away was a lowly bargain bin. I rescued them from a vagrants oil-drum fire fate and decided to wrap them as gifts to myself. I have issues.
And onto my piece de resistance.....my new/used LASER DISC PLAYER!!!!! Finally! I'm decades late to the laser disc game. In fact, Santa Wei brought me my first laser disc last X-mas. THE UNDERGROUND BANKER. And since that fateful day I have amassed 216 laser discs, blazing through mucho dinero and even risking my anal virginity ( remember my BUFFALO BILL incident?), which I would like to keep in tact through this world and the next. I hooked the player up on X-mas night and chucked THE UNDERGROUND BANKER in to test things out. It has been bliss ever since.
Santa Wei also hooked me up with a new All-region DVD player that is currently on overdrive. Well, it's almost an all-region player. It works beautifully for every region but, peculiarly, region 1 discs? Is it me? I'm not complaining. My other DVD player is still in fine condition. It's just a minor matter of clutter as more space gets taken over in my entertainment center as well as the ever growing tangle of wires now connected to my TV.
Did I mention that I am a very fortunate person? I hope ALL of my friends/readers had a wonderful Christmas. What did you guys receive? Any HK goodies you want to share?
Also please note, I'm not such a self indulgent bastard. Really, I'm not. I would gladly trade my gifts to end famine or attain world peace. Well, maybe not my laser disc player?